Anoka-Ramsey Community College counters food insecurity with Campus Cupboard
September 17, 2018
The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Campus Cupboard will open its doors Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Coon Rapids Campus to provide students access to non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. Sponsored by the Coon Rapids Campus Foundation, the Campus Cupboard will be open twice monthly. Students will be limited to 12 items of their choosing at no cost. All items will be provided through donations from the community.
Campus Cupboard Opening
Tuesday, Sept. 25
9 to 11:30 am
To begin, the Campus Cupboard will occupy a temporary home in Rm G213 near the Health & Wellness Center through fall semester toward the end of each month to accommodate student need when financial struggle may be the hardest. Tuesday hours are 9 to 11:30 am, and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 pm, and again from 4 to 6:30 pm. Remaining dates for fall semester include Sept. 26, Oct. 23 and 24, Nov. 20 and 21, and Dec 11 and 12.
“VISTA has been key to helping our college learn more about the obstacles our students are currently facing,” says Lindsey Schiller, Development Director of the Coon Rapids Campus Foundation. “The foundation board became involved starting with a $3,000 donation of seed money to get the pantry started, and we will continue to support the Campus Cupboard through community and donor outreach, and helping to continue the supply of necessary items that our students need through funding and donations received.”
On a national level, food insecurity is higher among college students than the general population. At Anoka-Ramsey, approximately one in five students report concern about financial and food security. More than one in eight report experiencing a food shortage, 28.6 percent of whom say it has negatively impacted their academics. Representation is higher among students of color, first generation students and low income students.
“Students have a lot going on, from classes and homework to family responsibilities,” said Hinnah Ayub, VISTA program liaison and Campus Cupboard coordinator. “Education is a pathway out of poverty, and community colleges are especially important in that journey specifically because we can provide those resources to ease the burden.”
Student volunteers will staff the Campus Cupboard. Opportunities to be involved range from outreach and greeters, to acquiring donations and sorting. To volunteer, students must attend an hour-long orientation on food insecurity, the mission of Campus Cupboard, brief history on food pantries, and the role that volunteers serve.
Service learning opportunities will help to support the Campus Cupboard from within the classroom, and within the community. Hunger advocacy events, food and personal needs drives, and classroom presentations are currently being proposed.. The Campus Cupboard is a collaboration of the entire college community as staff, faculty and students and the foundation work to remove academic and personal barriers to ensure student success on the pathway to degree completion.
For more information on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation, visit AnokaRamsey.edu/About-Us/Foundations-Alumni/.
Anoka-Ramsey honors outstanding students and faculty
May 13, 2019
College hosts Fourth Annual OSCARS Event
May 08, 2019
Artist Syed Hosain's work contests stereotypes and reflects on imagined futures
April 29, 2019
Anoka-Ramsey Celebrates Class of 2019 Friday, May 17
April 17, 2019
Anoka-Ramsey’s spring theater production, Our Town opens April 19
April 15, 2019
- Anoka-Ramsey honors outstanding students and faculty
Anoka-Ramsey In The News
Farmer sees conservation opportunity in Buffer Law
MN Board of Water and Soil Resources February SnapshotsFebruary 25, 2019
Anoka-Ramsey seeks design help for $17M upgrade
Finance & CommerceJanuary 17, 2019
Variety of reading series available among this week’s literary events – Twin Cities
St. Paul Pioneer PressJanuary 14, 2019
Art Faculty makes list of Best of 2018 Exhibitions Across the United States
HyperallergicDecember 20, 2018
Anoka-Ramsey welcomes new STEM dean
ABC NewspapersNovember 13, 2018
Union Herald sports briefs: Anoka-Ramsey sweeps soccer Region titles
ABC NewspapersOctober 25, 2018
Cambridge Resident 'Retires for Good,' recognized as Minnesota's top 50 over 50
Isanti County NewsOctober 17, 2018
Experts Forum: Minnesota job skills partnership
Finance & CommerceOctober 12, 2018
From janitor to nurse: How an Ethiopian immigrant seized his American dream in Minnesota
Star TribuneAugust 07, 2018
Alcohol and drug counseling program opens at Anoka-Ramsey
ABC NewspapersJune 30, 2018
- Farmer sees conservation opportunity in Buffer Law